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Court of Federal Claims Finds U.S. Government Liable for Upstream Flooding Caused by Dam During Tropical Storm Harvey

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently found that the government’s actions relating to the Addicks and Barker Dams (Dams) and the accompanying flooding of…

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Washington State Supreme Court Accepts Discretionary Review of Recent Ruling Invalidating Portions of State Instream Flow Rule

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on petition from the State of Washington’s water resource agency, the Department of Ecology (Ecology), granting discretionary review of…

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Environmental Groups Sue Federal Agencies Over Recent Delta Biological Opinions

On December 2, 2019, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging the Biological Opinions…

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California Court Upholds Urban Infill Environmentally Sensitive Area Exemption From CEQA Despite Proposed Density Falling Below General Plan

California's Fourth District Court of Appeal has upheld the City of San Diego’s (City) determination that the infill development exemption applied to a proposed development…

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Relating to the Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin, California Court Finds Issue of Future Prescriptive Rights Not Ripe for Review

Appellant landowners filed a motion seeking to clarify that an amended judgment would protect their overlying water rights from future prescription by other water users.…

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U.S. District Court Enjoins Trump Administration’s Reallocation of Military Construction Funds to Build Border Wall

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that the Trump administration’s reallocation of military construction funds to build a “border…

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Tenth Circuit Holds EPA Exceeded Its Statutory Authority Regarding Extensions to Small Refinery Exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standards

The Tenth Circuit has held that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) impermissibly exceeded its statutory authority in approving extensions to the small refinery exemptions…

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California State Agencies Release 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio in Response to Governor’s Executive Order

In April of 2019, California Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-19 directing certain state agencies to develop a water resilience portfolio strategy to address long-term…

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Utah Court of Appeals Finds Water Conveyance Easement Established Pursuant to 1866 Mining Act Permits Easement Holder to Seek Attorney’s Fees

The Utah Court of Appeals ruled that an easement established under the 1866 Mining Act can be established upon the best information available and that…

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Ninth Circuit Orders EPA to Regulate Water Temperature in Columbia and Snake Rivers to Protect Salmon and Trout

Columbia Riverkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Snake River Waterkeeper, Inc., Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (Plaintiffs) sued the U.S.…

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